Saudi Arabia’s aid agency concludes Mukalla medical campaign in Yemen

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KSRelief has concluded its voluntary medical campaign in Mukalla, Yemen. (SPA)
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KSRelief has concluded its voluntary medical campaign in Mukalla, Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 10 February 2019

Saudi Arabia’s aid agency concludes Mukalla medical campaign in Yemen

  • Saudi Arabia has given $84.7 billion in foreign aid to 79 countries between 1996-2018
  • The center has implemented 325 projects in Yemen in partnership with 80 UN, international and local NGOs

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has concluded its voluntary medical campaign in Mukalla, Yemen, after conducting 99 surgical operations.
On the last day, the center’s volunteer medical team conducted 3 open-heart surgeries and 10 therapeutic cardiac catheterizations. The total number of operations performed since the launch of the campaign on Feb. 2 was 26 open-heart surgeries and 73 cardiac catheterizations, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The center also delivered medical equipment worth a total of SR169,385 ($45,200) to Pulse of Life Center for Cardiology at the Mukalla Cardiology Foundation.
The director of volunteer programs at the center, Nayef Asiri, explained that this grant comes within the framework of the center’s desire to sustain the surgical services provided by the Mukalla Cardiology Foundation, in addition to transferring the knowledge and experiences of the volunteer team to the Yemeni cadres.
As many as 2,501,897 Yemenis benefited from medical services provided by KSRelief in 2018, the SPA said.
Saudi Arabia has given $84.7 billion in foreign aid to 79 countries between 1996-2018.
The royal decree establishing KSRelief was issued on May 13, 2015. Since then, it has implemented 692 humanitarian and relief projects around the world.
The center has implemented 325 projects in Yemen in partnership with 80 UN, international and local NGOs.


KSRelief medics’ timely intervention saves Yemeni infant’s life

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KSRelief medics’ timely intervention saves Yemeni infant’s life

  • Jana’s father thanked the medical team for saving his daughter’s life. 

MUKALLA: A volunteer medical team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has saved the life of a Yemeni girl who was suffering from a severe lack of oxygen in the blood, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Jana Basheaib was born with a blockage in the pulmonary valve and a constriction of the tricuspid valve in her heart that prevented the delivery of blood to her lungs, leading to a severe lack of oxygen in her body that required urgent intervention.

Her father Adnan said he had noticed her dark blue color days after she was born, but had not been able to find treatment for her in Yemen. She was also too sick to be moved abroad. 

His brother connected him with a KSRelief team so that the 10-day-old infant could get the help she needed. 

FASTFACTS

•KSRelief is working in Yemen with comprehensive plans to alleviate people’s suffering.

•The center has implemented 363 projects across the country at a cost of $2.26 billion.

•The projects cover various sectors including food security, health and education.

Basheaib filed a report describing her condition and received an immediate response from KSRelief, saying it would send a medical team to Yemen and an appointment for surgery was made.

Basheaib took his daughter from Tarim to Mukalla, a six-hour drive. Upon arrival at the Pulse of Life Center for Cardiology, Jana was immediately admitted to the intensive care unit. The medical team arrived in time to successfully perform the surgery.

He thanked the medical team for saving his daughter’s life. 

The head of the KSRelief medical team, Prof. Jameel Ata, said: “The medical campaign comes within the framework of the voluntary campaigns to treat difficult and critical cases. This is KSRelief’s third campaign for open-heart surgeries and catheterizations for Yemeni children in less than six months.”

The medical campaigns have covered the treatment of more than 20 children from Yemen’s low-income families to alleviate their suffering.